Wine Reviews

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Quinta do Crasto Vinhas Velhas - Old Vines Reserva, Douro, Portugal

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

The art of the blend is a Portuguese specialty, and this red from Quinta do Crasto takes that art to the extreme. Nearly 30 different grape varieties get put together to create this spicy, tangy, and succulent example of dry Douro red. There's extra depth and concentration to this Vinhas Velhas Reserva to go along with the aromatic complexity, courtesy of vines that are hitting several decades of age (producing tiny, flavor-packed berries).

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Cantina Vignaioli Elvio Pertinace Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

This Langhe area example of Nebbiolo is far from being a "poor person's Barolo." There's surprising depth to the red fruits and spice notes of this Italian red, which offers a lot of things that wine lovers crave when it comes to Barolo or Barbaresco, but lightens the touch (and the structure) into an easier-sipping—and decidedly lower cost!—version. Pair it up with pasta and meat sauce, or a hearty burger.

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Mongarda Brut, Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Superiore DOCG, Italy

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

Italian Prosecco is usually considered a bargain, even at the high-end with its premium Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Superiore offerings. Mongarda's Brut is a bargain among bargains, bursting with honeysuckle, grape, pear, and apple aromas and flavors. All the while, its palate maintains a sense of elegance usually found only in much more expensive bubbly.

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Ramón Bilbao Albariño, Rías Baixas, Spain

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

It's hard (VERY hard) not to like this friendly, boisterous white from Spain's Rías Baixas. Marrying a sense of energy with plump, ripe, and round citrus and stone fruit flavors, you can simply enjoy this one while washing down a hearty meal. Or, you can spend a few extra minutes contemplating its saline, mineral, and brioche hints—wither way, it's a crowd-pleaser.

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Domaine Bousquet Brut, Mendoza, Argentina

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

Sparkling wine doesn't necessarily come to mind when one thinks of the high desert-like plantings of Argentina's Mendoza, but Domaine Bousquet is showing that the region that seems to be able to do anything wine-wise also can't be counted out for tasty bubbles. This Brut is big on personality, is instantly enjoyable, and also food-friendly—all in a very wallet-friendly package.

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Carmim 'Monsaraz' Reserva, Alentejo, Portugal

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

Typically blended from Touriga Nacional, Alicante Bouschet and Trincadeira, the Monsaraz Reserve Red is everything to love about Portugal's Alentejo, minus the overly ripe, overbearing fruitiness that often afflicts wines made in this rather warm and sunny region. Here, the boisterous red plummy fruit action is kept in balance by a nice line of acidity, and plenty of the baking spice notes for which its blended varieties are justifiably well-loved among wine insiders.

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Lucia Vineyards Soberanes Vineyard Syrah, Santa Lucia Highlands

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

If you're in the mood to splurge a bit, this partnership between Gary & Mark Pisoni and Gary Franscioni is a fantastic place to look. Lucia's Soberanes Vineyard Syrah proves that this oft-maligned variety is far from being dead. In fact, it shows that Syrah has found a new spiritual home of sorts in Santa Lucia Highlands, combining plush, mouth-filling black raspberry flavors with hints of wild herbs, iron, and enticing pepper spices.

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Davis Bynum River West Vineyard Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

Fans of big, expressive Chardonnay will be swooning over Davis Bynum's River West Vineyard Chardonnay. Now part of the Rodney Strong portfolio, this white from Russian River Valley takes the rich, opulent, tropical Chardonnay profile for which California is famous, and adds more complex nuances, such as hints of green olive, Meyer lemon, and white flowers. The result is both crowd-pleasing *and* intellectually stimulating.

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10000 Hours Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, USA

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

This Cabernet from Washington State's Red Mountain AVA is a fine ambassador for that region, which is fast becoming a Go-To spot for red wines that have a sense of ruggedness and structure balanced by chewy fruit flavors and a supple palate. With almost no precipitation to speak of during the growing season, it takes a deft hand to properly farm and vinify grapes from the area, and 10000 Hours is proving that they're on their game on both fronts.

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Quinta da Fonte Souto Branco, Alentejo, Portugal

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

Portugal's Alentejo is known as a drier, warmer region that gives birth to bold, potent wines. This white from Quinta da Fonte Souto (the first Symington property outside of the Douro) flips the Alentejo script, utilizing higher elevation plantings to create a white that showcases the big, ripe stone and tropical fruit flavors that are abundant in the region, but retaining the delicate floral tones, balance, and acidic verve that often aren't so abundant in Alentejo wines.

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